Federal Judicial Service: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Nominated on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by Charles W. Pickering, Sr. Confirmed by the Senate on October 24, 2007, and received commission on October 29, 2007.
Education: Rice University, B.A., 1972; University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1975
Professional Career: U.S. Army Reserve, 1993-1997; Mississippi National Guard, 1997-2008; Briefing attorney, Hon. John F. Onion, Jr., Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1975-1976; Law clerk, Hon. Charles Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1976-1977; Private practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1977-1989; Adjunct professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 1985-1989, 1998-; Visiting professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007; Deputy assistant attorney general, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1989-1993; Judge, Mississippi Court of Appeals, 1995-2006; Candidate for Mississippi Supreme Court, 1996; U.S. Army staff judge advocate, 2005